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Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


Inventor of Idiot’s Limbo, the Katechon Hypothesis, and Elite Human Capital.


Apart from writing booksreviewstravel writing, and sundry blogging, I Tweet at @powerfultakes and run a Substack newsletter.


  1. Please keep off topic posts to the current Open Thread.

    If you are new to my work, start here.

  2. Daniel Chieh says

    Nuke Twatter.

  3. “Their name is Legion, for they are many”

  4. ““They” is both neuter and polite.” – Not really polite. I think it was common to address servants in the 3rd person: “He/she goes and bring a bottle of wine from the cellar.”

  5. AnonFromTN says

    Looking at Masha Gessen, I’d say that the most adequate pronoun is “it”.

  6. inertial says

    This is another illustration of what I’ve been saying for a while: Masha Gessen is 100% American.

  7. Chris Mallory says

    Not even close, she is one of those Zionist Slavs the Russians have cursed the West with. She should be deported back to Mother Russia.

  8. Belarusian Dude says

    It is important to not let a gender-sex distinction enter your language at all costs

  9. AnonFromTN says

    She should be deported back to Mother Russia.

    Russia has enough shit as it is, does not need any more.

  10. It should stop making problems for everyone or it gets the hose again.

    Anyway, some background info on (((Gessen))):

    “Masha Gessen is a Russian and United States journalist and author who is active in the LGBT community. She is an open lesbian, believes in supporting the gay marriage agenda, and was a member of the board of directors for one of Russia’s LGBT human rights organizations.

    In September 2012, Masha Gessen was appointed as director of the Russian Service forRadio Liberty, a US government funded broadcaster based in Prague.

    On May 19, 2012 when Ms. Gessen appeared at the Sydney Writer’s Festival on a panel titled, “Why Get Married When You Can Be Happy?” The YouTube video has since gone viral.

    In this video, lesbian activist Masha Gessen claims gay marriage is a lie to loud applause by a LGBT audience:

    “Gay marriage is a lie. Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there. It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. … ‘Marriage equality’ becomes ‘marriageelasticity,’ with the ultimate goal of ‘marriage extinction.’ ”

    “I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally… I met my new partner, and she had just had a baby, and that baby’s biological father is my brother, and my daughter’s biological father is a man who lives in Russia, and my adopted son also considers him his father. So the five parents break down into two groups of three… And really, I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality, and I don’t think that’s compatible with the institution of marriage.”

  11. I’ve heard that Jews already have their own country. One would assume that there they can experiment with society to their live’s content. Dismantle whatever they believe needs dismantling, cancel whatever they think needs canceling.

    Why would they* keep doing it to others?

    Or is this all simply a byproduct of their generic agenda of “we need to take over the nervous system of every more or less powerful country in the world and then dismantle it in order to feel safe”?

    One would understand why they’d feel today’s China must be destroyed. Unless Beijing learns to pretend that it totally has enough Jews in it to be “safe enough” to be slowly dismantled, as opposed to quickly destroyed by external hijacked golems.

    I wonder about India, though. Is it Jewed yet? Anyone have any info on that? Have the upper casts been infiltrated and subverted yet?

    • Not counting the heroic few who have the willpower to transcend their programming
  12. Korenchkin says

    Glory to the many, I am a voice in their choir!

  13. bruce county says

    Perhaps “they” need to ask the question Oprah posed, Where Do We Go From Here.
    Masha Gessen has me guessin’. Masha should really be concerned about her tribe when the Morlocks bring their hate to them.

    Their stupid voices will not be tolerated by Ja’Smashius and De’Stroyouall.

    Get yourself some popcorn folks. It’s gonna be a dandy.

  14. Swedish Family says

    Of course, this rational suggestion would eliminate an entire class of micro aggressions and grievance industry. So, the SJW tyrants will opposite it.

    Gessen is far too smart to indulge in grievance hucksterism. This is a naked power play, and should be treated as such. Same with her insistence on being called the “mother” of the offspring that her brother and partner brought into the world.

    Take her at her word: she wants to abolish the very ideas of sex and family as biological concepts. This is where every discussion must start.

  15. They are used to live in Ghettoes, they feel most comfortable when everyone around them hate them it is their by default programming.

    If all hell breaks loose, I guess they’ll be just fine in their gated communities guarded by armed security agents.

    Maybe they’re the ones who will be happily munching popcorn ?

  16. She’s not a Slav, and you can keep her because there’s no place in Russia for people like that. It’s why she left in the first place.

  17. As in every country in the world, there exist people with gender confusions in Russia. And there are some 150000 Russian citizens who are physically intersex to some degree. That is not a social construct.

    The difference is that you won’t convert such a physical and possibly psychological complication, into a powerful and wealthy media career. Nothing would stop her cleaning floors in a supermarket. But to become famous and build a successful career from neurotic writing about gender – only in America.

  18. Masha Gessen is grotesque, hideous, repulsive, and the antonym of the word “feminine”. However, there is no confusion whatsoever about her gender. If you, yourself, are confused, you should seek help.

    Regardless, my comment made no reference to her gender, but to her nationality. Again, there is no confusion here. She is Jewish. And, whether she realizes it or not, this is the key to her identity. It has nothing to do with gender.

    And there are some 150000 Russian citizens who are physically intersex to some degree. That is not a social construct.

    You’re talking about hermaphrodites, I assume. Does Gessen fall into this category? She’s just using the latest fads to market her otherwise unspectacular prose.